2

I recently got a new MacBook, and used my old MacBook to transfer all of my previous files and configurations to the new machine using Apple's migration assistant.

In the process, it gave me a wonky new home folder name. Previously, it was Users/timisenman/ and now it's Users/timisenman 1/.

I'd really like to just delete that [space] 1. It's annoying as hell and I worry it's going to mess up file access later.

I can't find a reliable way to do this. Any tips?

Thanks!

(I'm using macOS Mojave)

  • Did you create the timisenman account on the new MacBook before running the Migration Assistant? – IconDaemon Jul 28 '18 at 11:39
  • @IconDaemon No, it was the account I was using on the previous computer. :/ – Tim Isenman Jul 28 '18 at 11:52
4

This page at Apple Support has details about how to change both the short and long username and the Home Folder name.

Here's an extract, lifted verbatim from the link above, to change the Home Folder name:

  1. Log out of the account you're renaming, then log in to an administrator account.

The administrator account needs to be a different account than the one you're renaming. If necessary, create another administrator account, then remove it when you're done.

  1. Go to the Users folder on the startup drive. The Users folder contains the home folder of the account you're renaming. Rename that account's home folder and make note of both the old name and new name. When renaming the folder, you're prompted to enter the administrator name and password that you used to log in.
  2. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups.
  3. Click the lock icon, then enter the administrator name and password that you used to log in.
  4. From the list of users, Control-click or right-click the user that you want to rename. Choose Advanced Options from the shortcut menu.
  5. Change the “Account name” field to match the new name that you gave the home folder in the Users folder.

When modifying the account name (short name) or home folder name, it should not contain any spaces. If the current account name already contains a space, you won't be able to edit this field until the space has been removed. Click immediately after the space, or use the left arrow key to move the text insertion point immediately after the space, then press the Delete key to remove the space.

  1. Change the “Home directory” field to match the new name that you gave the home folder in the Users folder.

  2. Click OK, then quit System Preferences.

  3. Restart your Mac.

  4. Log in to the renamed account, then verify that your old files and folders are visible and the account is working as expected.

  • Ah, interesting. I will attempt the new administrator approach. Thanks for digging this up and editorializing it. – Tim Isenman Jul 28 '18 at 12:01

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .